New Album Excerpt: Wolf (Rough Demo)

The song I posted last week has been more or less complete for 10 years. This song has been anything but complete for the last 2.5 months. The disco-funk vibe came first, followed by the backing vocals. The melody came last, and I’m currently working on the lyrics. It’s turning out to be about conspiracy theories and classified information, which might be atypical subject matter for the dance floor, but here we are. Right now, apart from “Wouldn’t you like to know?”, there are no lyrics. Instead, I’m stringing together nonsense syllables. glossolalia, and other Fraser/Jonsi-esque mumbling. Eventually, they’ll turn into words. For now, here is part of the end of the song, in its nascent form. Enjoy!...

New Album Excerpt: Stingray – Demo

I am currently working on a new album of synthpop/shoegaze (synthgaze? is that a thing?) songs, and – in an effort to keep me on task, and you engaged – I’ll be releasing a sneak peek of a new song, every Friday. This first song was originally written in 2006, but I had never been happy with the arrangement. It won Third place in a songwriting contest, but I still felt like it was better than that. It apparently took this long for my production skills to catch up with how I wanted it to sound. This is the 2nd bridge (I love bridges) into the final chorus of the demo, as it sounds now. Please give it a spin, and let me know what you think, below. You can also leave me some SoundCloud love, should you see fit to do so. Thanks so much for...

“The Paris Incident” World Premiere

I was very pleased to be able to attend the world premiere of my orchestra piece, “The Paris Incident”, on July 23rd, at the Urbana High School Auditorium. The Urbana Pops Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Larson, did a fantastic job with a difficult piece, and I couldn’t have been happier. You can see this terrific performance, here! Thanks to Debra Larson for the video footage! Enjoy!...

Fitz and Walloughs Wish You A Happy Valentine’s Day!

Once upon a time, in New York City, there lived a little aspiring composer. He met an incredible performer and a brilliant writer and – together – they created two incredibly bizarre, hilarious, filthy, profane, and ridiculous piece of theatre. The first – “The Only Thing Straight Is My Jacket” – established their dynamic, and netted the performer a Best Actor award at the New York Fringe Festival. The second – “Fitz and Walloughs Get It In The End!” – almost made it to the Fringe Festival, only to be sidelined by the performers completely collapsed lung. The show did go on, a year later, Off-Off-Broadway, at the Ace of Spades, where it ran for a few performances. We made an album of that show, and this is one of the songs I’m most proud of. It likens love to a disgusting infection. Happy Valentine’s...

Angle of Incidence is here!

I’m so pleased to be a part of this on-going sci-fi anthology film series. You can check out the first prequel short film – The Judas Run – right now! The second prequel short – Portunus – will be coming out next week. The feature film will be shot later this year. If you’d like to contribute to our crowd-funding campaign, you can go here. There are lots of amazing perks, including limited edition autographed CDs of the score, and much more. You can listen to the score for The Judas Run, here. I’ll be posting about some of the custom sounds we created for the score, next week! Please take a minute to check out this very cool project, and consider helping us out! Thanks so...

Halloween Tunes

The Halloween season always puts me in mind of my skirt/fishnets/combat boots/eyebrow ring/black makeup period/phase/epoch. It was such a liberating and delightful time. Below, please find links to some classic tunes sure to add some genuine gloom to your Halloween party playlist. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound The Chameleons UK – Swamp Thing The Cure – Fascination Street Sisters of Mercy – Temple of Love Cocteau Twins – Lazy Calm...